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University Hospital of Cincinnati, Ohio

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: January 1996 - Volume 96 - Issue 1 - p 108
Career Guide 1996: New Dimensions in Nursing

P.O. Box 670723; Cincinnati, OH 45267-0723; (800) 800-6952; (513) 558-4754; Angie Head, RN; Nurse Recruiter

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(Figure 1) The University Hospital, founded in 1821, is a major university teaching hospital providing comprehensive health care services. In addition to being a center for research and education, we are the tertiary care and trauma center for the tristate area, and provide acute medical and surgical care. The JCAHO-accredited and AHA-member hospital is also a member of the Ohio Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Teaching Hospitals, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educators, as well as holding numerous other professional discipline accreditations.

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A patient centered care model is used to care for acutely ill patients in intensive care areas-surgical/trauma, medical, coronary, neuroscience, burn, cardiothoracic; emergency and trauma center with air transport service; perinatal/neonatal center and nurse midwifery practice; neonatal intensive care (level III); ambulatory clinics; psych; renal dialysis; transplants (heart, liver, kidney, pancreas); medical; surgical; perioperative with same-day surgeries; pre-, postanesthesia recovery; oncology/hematology/bone marrow transplant units; and Barrett outpatient oncology center. We have an AIDS treatment outpatient center and are involved in AIDS-related research.

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Professional Climate

Nurses with expanded experience may choose to join our in-house float pool (full-, part-time and intermittent positions). A clinical ladder development program defines the professional role of the staff nurse and provides promotional opportunities.

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Salaries are commensurate with education and experience. A liberal shift differential is offered. RNs receive benefits and privileges as state and university employees. RNs receive 14 days' vacation per year, increasing with longevity; accrue sick leave; and receive 10 paid holidays. Medical plans include choice of health plans, pharmacy rider, dental benefits, life insurance, and a flexible spending account. Part-time employee benefits vary depending on hours worked. A six- to eight-week competency-based preceptor program assists in orientation of new employees. Staff development educators will play a vital role in the orientation of new employees and ongoing education of staff. Ongoing progressive seminars, workshops, and diversified continuing education programs are offered for staff and community.

Tuition remission is available for BSN/MSN completion. LPNs have the career ladder option. Family tuition remission begins after six months. Reimbursement is available to RN staff at area universities.

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Special Features

Cincinnati is a growing metropolis and is rated as one of America's most livable cities with a variety of lifestyles and a lower cost of living than cities of comparable size. Professional baseball, football and university sports receive hometown support. National sports events are held yearly. Cultural events include ballet, opera, theater, and symphony orchestra.

Located in southwest Ohio and the tristate area of the Ohio River, the city sponsors numerous community events, such as Opening Day parade for the Reds baseball season, Riverfest-a gala Labor Day weekend, and the traditional three-day Oktoberfest. The Jazz Festival in July attracts nationally known jazz artists for a week-long musical celebration.

The UC Medical Center and Hospital is a smoke-free work environment. The University of Cincinnati is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, disabled persons, Vietnam-era and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply.

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